This beautiful girl’s name is Daisy. The former homeless dog with bad hip dysplasia now walks on all fours again thanks to Vet Ranch!
Daisy was one terrified girl when the animal control found her wandering the streets. She was limping and in pain and instinctively defended herself against strangers. She was so scared and defensive that she bit the animal control officer who picked her up.
The poor dog even had the same reaction to Dr. Matt. Daisy tried to bite the vet when he first picked her up. But after a few pets and some gentle words, the veterinarian was able to gain the homeless dog’s trust.
Dr. Matt said Daisy is a middle-aged mixed breed dog. She was limping, but neither the veterinarian nor the animal control officer had any idea why, but it was clear that she had been limping for a very long time.
Dr. Matt took an x-ray and found that the dog has terrible hip dysplasia. It was so bad that the actual ball of her femur in her left hind leg had popped out of its socket. Because it was so painful Daisy refused to use the leg. This had caused it to shrink and become atrophied. There was more bad news: the right leg was also not in its right place.
“A normal hip joint is like ball and a socket, so the ball is in the femur and the socket is in the hip,” Dr. Matt shared. “When they get hip dysplasia, it’s basically (the hip) isn’t holding that ball anymore. It’s kind of widened so this thing (the ball or the end of the femur) moves around and gets dislocated pretty easily.”
The vet said Daisy could have a hip replacement surgery – just like in humans – but on a dog that would cost $6,500 to $7,000 per side.
Luckily there was another option for Daisy. It’s called FHO or Femoral Head Osteotomy. It a surgical procedure that removes the head and neck – or what we call the ball – from the femur.
Dr. Matt decided to fix Daisy’s limping leg first.
“So we’ll see what will happen after the surgery,” he said. “If she’s still painful on the other side, we’ll probably go ahead and do the other side.”
Daisy then went under knife and during the surgery, Dr. Matt showed the head and neck of the dog’s femur. Red dots and holes can be seen on its surface and the vet said it’s because Daisy’s body was trying to dissolve the bone.
The operation turned out to be a success and two months later, Daisy had slowly learned to put weight on the formerly problematic leg. She now likes to hop around and she sure is a lot faster than when she first came in Dr. Matt’s clinic!
Four months after the surgery, Daisy is finally ready to be adopted. She’s been using her left leg just fine and wouldn’t need to go under the knife again.
With her bright eyes and wagging tail, it’s pretty obvious how thankful and happy she is for getting a second chance to live a life full of love.
Thank you for saving this beautiful girl, Vet Ranch!